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Review of the Day: After Tupac & D Foster


After Tupac and D Foster By Jacqueline Woodson G.P. Putnam’s Sons (division of Penguin) $15.99 ISBN: 978-399-24654-8 Ages 10-17 (though honestly I’m just spitballing here) On shelves now Some authors make writing reviews easy. You pick up their book, glance at the cover, and the words pour out of you like a hard spring rain. […]

Spotlight: Sue Stauffacher

This week we’re going to look at some authors, illustrators, and teachers that are going out of their way to help kids become better readers. How many children’s authors can you think off of the top of your head that go about winning awards at the same time as Denzel Washington? When the 39th Annual […]

Review of the Day: Keep Your Eye on the Kid – The Early Years of Buster Keaton

Keep Your Eye on the Kid: The Early Years of Buster Keaton By Catherine Brighton Flash Point, a Roaring Brook imprint, a Holtzbrinck division. $16.95 ISBN: 978-1596431584 Grades K-4 On shelves April 1st. Non-fiction Monday, y’all!  Picture Book of the Day has the round-up. Have you ever seen an author go about their merry way, […]

A Fuse #8 Exclusive

I was recently sent two covers to look forward to but only one is appearing here like I want it to.  The first is Well Witched by Frances Hardinge which I review this past month: Very nice.  I appreciate the shopping card on its side in teh background.  Thank you Michael Stearns for passing it […]

Video Sunday – Children’s Programming

I figure it this way.  Children watch enough educational children’s programming and they can learn their letters and numbers, which in turn leads to reading and children’s literature.  That said, I’m beginning with a show that could be called "educational" by stretching the definition as far as it will go. This week I shall begin […]

Fusenews: When is LOST Going to Reference a Kids Book Again?

Sorry.  Off-topic title there. But really, when are they? The winners of the Cybils Award (the award given by bloggers working in the children’s and YA literary sphere) have been announced.  And a prettier l’il ole select there never could be.  Very gratifying to see some of those titles finally get their due).  And I […]

Review of the Day: Monkey with a Tool Belt


Monkey with a Tool Belt By Chris Monroe Carolrhoda Books $16.95 ISBN: 978-0822576310 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Reasons To Read the Book Monkey with a Tool Belt: #1: It is named Monkey with a Tool Belt. #2: It features a monkey by the name of Chico Bon Bon. #3: And yes, it’s brilliant, funny, […]

Winged Girl of Knossos

Before I forget, there was a simply magnificent post on Collecting Children’s Books. I call it "simply magnificent" because it’s all about one of my favorite out-of-print books The Winged Girl of Knossos.  It’s always nice when someone likes the things you like.  Yay!

Review of the Day: Well Witched

Well Witched By Frances Hardinge Harper Collins $16.99 Ages 10-14 ISBN: 978-0060880385 On shelves May 27th By and large I’ve been attempting to review things as they come out.  Then I made the mistake of picking up Well Witched and my little vow goes higglety pigglety out the window.  Sorry guys.  Ignore this review until […]

Libraries Doing Valentine’s Day Right

Happy Valentine’s Day! Libraries are always looking for cool ways to celebrate the seasons.  Here at New York Public Library, we are no exception.  Currently the Donnell Central Children’s Room is presenting a display of blue Victorian valentines courtesy of my co-worker Warren.  Warren meticulously went through all our Valentines to find the blue ones […]

Children’s and YA Lit Cafe

It’s happening again! If you live in New York our Children’s and YA Lit Cafe (for adults, no less) has the usual smattering of free food, books, and a special guest. This month, a speaker, teacher, and blogger responsible for the great Educating Alice. Here’s the buzz: Beyond the Books:  Bringing Fantasy Literature Alive in […]

Kidlit Drink Night: SCBWI Recap

The SCBWI mid-winter conference in New York City comes but once a year.  It is a time for rejoicing and the eating of shrimp.  And for l’il ole non-author/non-illustrator me, it is a chance to have a Kidlit Drink Night that is guaranteed to have some players in the field in attendance. This year I […]

Fusenews: Foo, Fuffle, and Forty

I owe you, the reader, one Kidlit Drink Night Recap.  I owe me, the writer, one decent night of sleep.  Have some tidbits instead. The Al Roker Bookclub for kids is now going to be reading Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism.  They’re reading it at PRE-cisely the moment we got rid of most of […]

Central Children’s Room Memories: Michele Landsberg

The seventh in a series of memories by people who love the Central Children’s Room of New York Public Library. I was so dismayed to learn of the Central Children’s Room and the Donnell Branch. In the mid-80s, I was lucky enough to be living in New York and spent a few months revising, for […]

Review of the Day: Bloom by Maria Van Lieshout


Bloom: A Little Book About Finding Love By Maria Van Lieshout Feiwel and Friends (Holtzbrinck imprint) $12.95 ISBN: 978-0-312-36913-2 Ages 4-8 On shelves now I don’t usually pay a lot of attention to the seasons.  Every year Valentine’s Day shows up and I’m always utterly baffled by its appearance.  This year, though, I figured I’d […]